Looking out for the Brighton Belle

Preston Park Station

This photograph, taken from the Hampstead Road entrance of Preston Park station [brings back vivid memories]. When I was about seven or eight my brother worked in London and used to travel up to London by train from Preston Park station every day. I also used to go train spotting and this was a great place to spot the trains and watch the Brighton Belle coming into Brighton. Later on this was my route to school. I used to walk under the tunnel at Preston Park station down to Preston road and then up the other side of the hill.

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  • Looking at this photograph, it appears that the station has undergone quite a few changes since I lived nearby in the 1940s. Where have all the station buildings, and especially the gas lamps, gone? Old George would come out and light all the lamps about dusk. We little horrors would wait until he got back into the subway then put them out again. The air would turn a much darker shade of blue than it is in this photo!

    By Raymond Bird (29/09/2004)
  • I remember the station very well, at only 3, 4, 5 years of age. I lived at 53, Hampstead Road, and would often train-spot with my mum. I also would walk to Preston Park School every day, till a few years later I also had to cross the London Road and walk up the other side, the road that ran by the side of Preston Park, to my new school.

    By Brian Smith (11/07/2009)
  • I remember this walk very well as I used to live  at 10 Clermont Terrace and this is the way I would go to choir practice at the Good Shepherd church. Coming out of the station to go home, was the old garage and next to that the clock repairer called Mr Stuck .In the road leading from the station there were large chestnut trees right down to the London road at the bottom .A lady once tied herself to one of the trees to stop the council from cutting it down ,they did anyway . 

    By Elizabeth (22/01/2018)
  • I remember the sweet shop next door to the garage .I  used to buy my foreign stamps there. I also remember the lady driver at Chester’s Private hire,thin woman. I broke my wrist falling off the fig tree at the nurses home at the bottom on the right hand side of Clermont Rd.The fig tree is still there! 

    By Harry Atkins (23/01/2018)
  • My dear Nan Marjorie Mitchell had a wool shop right near Preston Park Station, we remember the sweet shop as kids. We revisited it today but its possible the shop could be number 20 Station Road?  

    I wonder if anyone could verify this.

    By Gloria Monaghan nee Mitchell (02/09/2018)

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